Psalm 39:4
“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.”

Just the other night my family and I were enjoying our first bike ride of the season; this was a pretty big deal given it was only early April in Minnesota and we were not buried in snow! Our plan was to bike our usual 4 mile loop along the Mississippi River, stopping half-way to let our boys play at a park. However, as the sun began to fade and the temps started to drop we realized that our time at the park would be short lived at best.

When my husband stopped about a half mile from the park to adjust our youngest son in the bike trailer, our older two boys and I raced ahead to the park. Speeding ahead of me and cutting across the grass, the boys hopped off their bikes when they reached the play equipment. Looking at the setting sun, I called out to them to hurry, explaining that once Daddy and Jude caught up to us we would have to leave. Understanding the short timeframe, my five year old slumped his shoulders and began to shuffle to the park. Seeing his demeanor, I called out to him, “Luke! We don’t have much time here, so don’t waste it; get going!”

No sooner had those words left my mouth than I realized just how true that statement is of life. In reality, our lives our nothing more than a breath. God has given us one shot at this thing called life. Don’t waste it.

The idea of not wasting my life is often in the back of my mind. The thought of reflecting back on my life some day in the distance future (if I am so blessed) and feeling that I missed what God had for me to do drives me to be obedient to follow His lead. I am convinced that God has an amazing plan for each one of us and that we will feel most alive in this life when we are living His purpose for us. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

The details of not wasting our lives will look different for each of us, but here is what I do know. Not wasting your life begins with having a personal relationship with Jesus. Without that, there is no way you will be able to experience your best life. Once you know Jesus, seek Him for direction and then begin to take steps of faith. Follow hard after Jesus each and every day and you can be certain that you will not waste your life.

Remember, we don’t have much time here, so don’t waste it; get going! …

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